KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 — Lack of communication from the police over the “unprecedented” disappearance of five social activists reflects poorly on the country's security, said the Malaysian Bar today.
Expressing concern over the spate of abductions from November to last week, Malaysian Bar president George Varughese the silence was also feeding speculation regarding the disappearances.
He voiced particular concern over the case of Pastor Raymond Koh, noting the latter's coordinated abduction in February by a group of men was captured in surveillance videos that have since spread online.
“Only concrete and clear action by the authorities will alleviate public fear and anxiety, and instil confidence in the safety and security of this country and its peoples,” he said in a statement.
“In this regard, the Malaysian Bar also calls on the police to provide regular updates on the status of their investigations.”
Five activists have gone missing since November last year, with most believed to have been abducted.
The most recent was former Petaling Jaya city councillor Peter Chong, who disappeared after posting an ominous message on Facebook about being warned by a stranger that people were increasingly disappearing and to be careful.
Aside from Chong and Koh, other recently missing activists include Perlis Hope founder Amri Che Mat, Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife, Ruth.